Last week I partook in the annual tradition here in America of filing federal and state tax returns. Filing tax returns is always a chore and every year I have to push myself to get them done. I suspect that part of the reason I don’t like preparing my tax returns is because they remind me of those homework assignments I hated doing as a child. That said, I really can’t complain too much. My tax returns are usually very straightforward, only requiring one or two additional forms. I also frequently get a small tax refund, so it’s actually in my interest to do them so that the federal and state governments can send me a check. When the refund checks arrive in the mail the whole tax return process doesn’t feel so bad, but I know that twelve months from now I’ll be back to square one – dragging my heels and grumbling about having to fill out government paperwork again.